Attacks on Aqaba and Elate:

Rethinking Security Threats in the Region?

Gamal Abdel Gawad Soltan

3 August 2010


The rockets that have been fired on both, Aqaba in Jordan and Elate in Israel may be an indication to the appearance of novel threats affecting the security of the region . The significance of these particular targets  lies in their strategic positioning on the borders of four major player states: Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, which some argue could possibly lead to more head-on cooperation between states with regards to matters of peace and security. However, it remains mostly probable that heightened levels of tension and hostility will remain, leading us back to the all-too-familiar back and forth allegations between the respective states. Concerns about inter-state relations within the region also do not stray far away from issues of sovereignty as the states involved begin to demonstrate concerns over their neighbors’ national security apparatuses, quickly bringing about fears of external meddling with, close to sacred internal security affairs.


            Further significance of these attacks lies in the seemingly underlying motive to bring current diplomatic and political developments in the region to a halting stop. The attack took place only a few days following a coordinated visit of the Saudi Prince and the Syrian President to Beirut; a visit revealing the extent to which Saudi Arabia and Syria are willing to collaborate in the latest Beirut talks aimed at recuperating Lebanese national interests; an optimistic view that, although upheld by some, is certainly not shared by other parts of Lebanon’s sect-divided population. That is, although Sunni leaders along with Prime Minister Saad Al Hariry and his proponents might be able to see light at the end of the tunnel in this case, others such as Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasr Allah seem to strictly view these talks as bringing more troublesome waters their way, particularly as Syrian leaders shift their position from solid Hizbyullah allies to adopting the role of the more tolerant mediators between the ravaged Lebanese sects.








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The Center for International Cooperation and Strategy (CICS) and the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies (ACPSS) jointly organizing the seventh round for the Arab – Middle Dialogue forum. The forum is sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The theme of this round is “Consolidating Arab-Korean Partnership in the 21st Century”. The forum serve as a platform for experts, government officials, and businessmen from both the Arab World and Korea to exchange views and opinions regarding current issues of concern for both sides. In particular, this year’s forum addresses various political, economic, and cultural issues focusing on ways to achieve substantive and closer mutual understanding between the Arab World and Korea in the aftermath of the international financial crisis of 2008.



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